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Doctor Strange: Damnation #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

The city of sin gets its biggest sinner yet. When Doctor Strange raises Las Vegas up from its destruction during SECRET EMPIRE, he inadvertently opens a big door for the embodiment of evil, MEPHISTO! The devilish villain takes the city for himself and sets his sights on the rest of the world. It’s going to take heroes from all over the Marvel Universe to defeat him, but there’s nothing simple about fighting the lord of Hell.

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Print Length
32 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 92

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Doctor Strange: Damnation gets off to a highly entertaining start. Cates, Spencer, and Reis exceed expectations and see their gambles turn to profit immediately.

  • 85

    Multiversity Comics

    “Doctor Strange: Damnation” #1 starts a bit suddenly, but is so well executed, it deserves its place in every pull list. Regardless of your stance on Spencer or Cates, this issue cements them as Marvel’s hottest writers on the scene.

  • 85


    Fans of comic book supernatural storytelling heed my words, you will love this! Mix demons, Las Vegas, Marvel’s literal devil, and a promise for a superhero team-up you’ve never seen add up to a great kick start to a fun four-parter.

  • 80


    Doctor Strange: Damnation #1 gets the ball rolling albeit slowly. The stakes are exhaustively laid to bear, so much so that the action has yet to begin. Spencer and Cates write some great character interactions and display Mephisto the most charmingly you’ve ever seen. Rod Reis delivers some truly striking and emotional artwork rarely on display at Marvel. With only three issues left the following issues will have to deliver big to match the scope of story.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    As quick as the introduction to this latest crossover is, it delivers a grand opening and the overture is unmistakable. The deck is shuffled. All the pieces are on the board. Let the games begin.

  • 76


    Damnation doesn’t start off quite as strongly as Cates’ first Doctor Strange story did. This issue spends little time building to or even justifying Strange’s foolhardy decision, and then too much time paving the way for the larger crossover afterward. Even so, much of the charm of the monthly Doctor Strange series remains intact. Rod Reis also proves more than capable of bringing this supernatural adventure to life. Damnation looks to be a pleasant diversion for the next couple months. We’ll see if it can grow into something more.

  • 75

    Doom Rocket

    The solid selection for the Stephen Strange Rescue Squad (Wong’s Hoodooing Commandoes?) includes some of my favorite Marvel heroes, too, like Moon Knight, Blade, Man-Thing, Iron Fist, Elsa Bloodstone, Doctor Voodoo, and the Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider. And an appearance by Bats the spectral hound guarantees I’ll be saying, “Just take my money” for several Wednesdays to come.

  • 70

    Comics: The Gathering

    The book is off to a solid start. It doesn’t spend too much time setting up the plot and seems to be taking a fun direction. Unfortunately the book is a little predicable and Strange’s motivates questionable. Still, there is plenty of time to surprise us and flesh out those motivations. It seems that this creative team has some really cool ideas in store for us with the next issue.

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